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My Air Conditioner trips the circuit breaker, does the breaker need to be replaced? Troubleshooting an Air Conditioner Problem.

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[ad#block] Electrical Question: My Air Conditioner trips the circuit breaker,does the breaker need to be replaced?

I appreciate any help in this manner. Thanks, Rob.

This electrical question came from: Rob, from Whitestone, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Rob.

Air Conditioner Tripping Circuit Breaker

Application: Replacing a 220 Volt Circuit Breaker for an Air Conditioner.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by an Electrical Contractor or a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools, voltage tester and protective safety gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the make and model of the panel and the condition of the existing electrical circuit breakers and wiring methods.
Precaution: For safety the main circuit breaker should be turned off or any other disconnect means that would deenergize the panel before replacing a circuit breaker, however turning off the main circuit breaker may not deenergize all of the areas of the panel components and wiring. This is an extensive project that requires experience and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.

Troubleshooting a 20 Amp 220Volt Air Conditioner Problem

Rob, if the original outlet is still in place is there a possibility that it is being used as well by another device? If so this may be contributing to the problem and it would be best if the original outlet was removed, then splice the circuit through and install a blank cover. If the 12.2 amp reading is correct then there may be a Circuit Breaker bad circuit breaker, however the air conditioner may be loading up and creating an overloaded condition as well. If the amperage load shows 12.2 at the time when the circuit Circuit Breaker Problem breaker trips off then the circuit breaker will need to be replaced.

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